Nudist resort murder: Grandson charged in Pasco woman's death - WFLA News Channel 8

Nudist resort murder: Grandson charged in Pasco woman's death

Posted: Updated:
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has issued a Silver Alert for Sylvia Rosalie Schmitt, 74, who has vanished from her home which is located in a nudist community. PCSO photo The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has issued a Silver Alert for Sylvia Rosalie Schmitt, 74, who has vanished from her home which is located in a nudist community. PCSO photo
Brandon Machetto booking photo Brandon Machetto booking photo
Prior arrest mug shot of Brandon Machetto Prior arrest mug shot of Brandon Machetto
Prior arrest mug shot of Brandon Machetto Prior arrest mug shot of Brandon Machetto
LUTZ, FL (WFLA) -

The grandson of a 74-year-old woman who was reported missing from a Pasco nudist resort on Monday has been charged with her murder. Pasco County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Brandon Macheatto, 18, on Monday morning.

A sheriff's office spokesperson says a resident of the Paradise Lakes nudist resort in Lutz called authorities on Monday morning and reported seeing Macheatto carrying what appeared to be a body wrapped in a sheet from the home of Sylvia Rosalie Schmitt. The neighbor reported seeing Macheatto putting the body in his grandmother's van.

"The neighbor keeps watching Brandon," said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.  "Brandon then takes a body that's wrapped up, the neighbor can see feet, he takes it into his minivan and he drives off."

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office then issued a Silver Alert on Monday for Schmitt and included a description of her van. Detectives were investigating the circumstances as suspicious when they issued the Silver Alert.

More Pasco news: Man drives into kitchen

A deputy spotted the van on State Route 54, turned on the cruiser's siren and lights and followed the van.

"He didn't get over 25 miles an hour," said Deputy Ricky Frisco, who spotted the minivan.  "He just wasn't stopping for me.  He actually came to a stop at the entrance to the community ... he just kept on going the whole time.  I kept hitting the sirens and he failed to stop."

After pulling the van over at the Paradise Lakes resort, the deputy noticed a body in the van, according to a sheriff's spokesperson.

Investigators say there was blood and signs of a struggle inside Schmitt's home.

More: Tampa Bay inmates on death row

The sheriff's office says deputies had previously responded to a domestic call in 2012 at Schmitt's home which is located at 21036 Little Magens Loop. Schmitt decided not to press charges in connection with that call.

"It is obvious the grandmother was truly caring for her grandson," Sheriff Nocco said.  "That domestic violence case several years ago, I believe she dropped the charges, she didn't want to pursue it any further.  It was obvious she was somebody who really cared and wanted to give a helping hand."

Macheatto was arrested and charged with first degree murder. He was booked into the Land O' Lakes Detention Center.

Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.



  • Don't Miss ItMore>>

  • Koala survives 54-mile ride clinging to car's grill

    Koala survives 54-mile ride clinging to car's grill

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:59:42 GMT
    Timberwolf clung to a car for 54 miles. Australia Zoo Facebook photoTimberwolf clung to a car for 54 miles. Australia Zoo Facebook photo
    An adorable little koala survived an amazing high-speed ride by clinging to a car for 54 miles on an Australia highway. The koala suffered a torn nail during the ordeal.
    An adorable little koala survived an amazing high-speed ride by clinging to a car for 54 miles on an Australia highway. The koala suffered a torn nail during the ordeal.
  • FWC: Lionfish need to be removed from Florida waters

    FWC: Lionfish need to be removed from Florida waters

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:48:07 GMT
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is changing management rules of invasive lionfish to remove them from state waters. Lionfish was introduced to state waters in the 1980s, and since then, populations have boomed in recent years, negatively impacting native wildlife and habitat, the FWC says.
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is changing management rules of invasive lionfish to remove them from state waters. Lionfish was introduced to state waters in the 1980s, and since then, populations have boomed in recent years, negatively impacting native wildlife and habitat, the FWC says.
  • Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

    Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:46:28 GMT
    WFLA.com file photoWFLA.com file photo
    Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
    Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
  • Most Viewed Stories on WFLA.com

  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.